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Unit information: Text Response in 2021/22

Unit name Text Response
Unit code LANG00010
Credit points 30
Level of study QCA-3
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Miss. Newton
Open unit status Not open

IELTS: min. 5.5 overall; min 5.0 in writing and 4.5 in other components or equivalent


Academic Writing (LANG00006)

School/department Centre for Academic Language and Development
Faculty Faculty of Arts


Text Response is a 30-credit unit within the International Foundation Programme which is designed to prepare international students for undergraduate study in the UK. It is one of a number of complementary units whose overall aims are to improve the language, academic literacy and subject knowledge required to succeed at a British university.

Text Response aims to develop reading, listening and speaking skills and strategies, as well as critical questioning and academic vocabulary. Skills developed include summarising, analysing and evaluating texts, and responding critically to them in writing and orally through seminars and presentations. It complements written work done in Academic Writing to improve the students' overall academic literacy.

Intended learning outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

1. recognise and recall the meaning of words from the Academic Word List (Coxhead, 2000);

2. use a range of strategies for unpacking meaning of academic texts and lectures;

3. distinguish fact from opinion;

4. write critical reviews including description and evaluation;

5. prepare and deliver effective academic presentations and reflect critically on performance.

Teaching details

Students will attend 5 hours of study per week. Learning is facilitated in small group sessions. Individual and group-based work is integrated as appropriate. In addition to a range of authentic texts, use will be made of appropriate e-learning technologies for self-study and self-assessment as well as work in class.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment:

  • Portfolio consisting of a collection of classroom work and reflection on which students will receive peer and tutor-led feedback
  • Individual presentation (8-10 minutes). Peer and tutor-led feedback.
  • Small group poster presentation (12-15 minutes). Peer and tutor-led feedback.

Summative assessment:

  • Comparative Critical Response (1,500 words) (40%) ILOs 1, 2, 3, 4
  • Oral claim of development (15 minutes) (60%) based on evidence from a developmental portfolio. ILOs, 1, 2, 3, 5


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